26 September 2023

COVID clear roads make way for upgrades

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Transport for NSW has announced it is to bring forward infrastructure upgrades to keep workers in jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic and protect the livelihoods of over 130,000 people it directly and indirectly employs.

Minister for Transport and Roads, Andrew Constance said transport infrastructure projects would also play a key role in rebuilding the State’s economy after the pandemic.

“Continuing work on critical transport infrastructure is great news for industry as thousands of jobs will be sustained in the coming months,” Mr Constance said.

“This work will also provide significant economic benefits to suppliers, manufacturers and supporting sectors,” he said.

Mr Constance said crews were taking advantage of the reduced number of cars on roads to fast-track projects.

“Earlier this month, the M5 East Motorway was completely closed to fast track resurfacing work in the usually busy tunnels,” he said.

“This was a great result for drivers as the work usually would have been carried out across a number of weeks at night.”

He said major construction work was also underway at Central Station to deliver Sydney Metro, including the new Central Walk.

Mr Constance said the upgrade works were the biggest the station had seen in decades and would deliver two new underground metro platforms and the landmark Central Walk underground concourse.

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